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What kind of a man bars their own door
Understanding the things that can block your Christian walk.
What kind of man bars their own door?
We have been talking about walking in love. However, how many times do we reach a point in our lives where it just seems that God is not opening the door to his throne room? Well, I have really been getting this image and message for the past few weeks.
Imagine a door to your heart. On one side you have Jesus knocking on it.
In Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
So we know that Jesus has come to us and knocked on the door. Now, when we are baby Christians Jesus is a great thing to us. In time, sadly, we get to where we kick him back out and shut the door on him. We bar our doors. The thing with that is we end up becoming one of four types of people. Really one of two people. We either become subjective to God’s will and understand that it is not him but us that has bared the door, or we put on a form of righteousness that does nothing for the kingdom of God.
How often do you point the finger at others?
What state of man are you?
When talking about walking in love and correction, we must realize the state of a man that we are.
If our door is open then we are walking in accordance to the will of God and therefore know that what we bring to others is just and correct. However, if our door is barred then we fall into one of three categories.
- The accusers- These are those people who have come to an “understanding” about God. They have everything figured out and so they wish to tell everyone else about their faults. They can quote scripture like they wrote the bible yet refuse to look at the faults of their own.
The perfect example of this can be found in Job:
*A little side note here. Job is not so much about Job withstanding the harsh torments of the devil as it is about the relationships we have with other people and how we deal with their problems.
Just briefly speaking on these three friends of Job, Job had a disaster happen in his life and his friends came. The bible states:
2. Now when Job’s three friends- Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite- heard about all this adversity that had happened to him, each of them came from his home. They net together to go and offer sympathy and comfort to him.
Does this not sound familiar? Someone has a crisis and we run to get a band of people together, aka “gossip”, and then go to the person that is having the problem. Now the bible even says that they came to offer sympathy and to comfort them, but we will see that is not so. When we are outside of the throne room of God, as these three men appear to have been, then we bring forth our own assertions as to what the will of God is yet do not have a direct relationship to God and so we become the product of human reasoning and error. Let me read you a few more scriptures from Job and see if any of these sound familiar to you. I know that I have fallen into this category a time or two.
“In my experience whose who plow injustice and those who sow trouble reap the same”
“Does the Almighty pervert justice”
“You have said “My teaching is sound and I am pure in Your sight.” But if only God would speak and declare His case against you. He would show you the secrets of wisdom for true wisdom has two sides. Know then that God has chosen to overlook some of your sin.”
Let’s put these in modern day lingo
“Well that so and so always was talking about this and that and now it has happened to them”
“Well it would not have happened if it wasn’t true”
“You must have done something wrong, otherwise God would not be punishing you”
The thing about the accuser is that the faults that they see in others are the ones that are usually most prominent in themselves. They are baring their door with a lack of compassion to the fellow man and a piousness that is self-glory instead of glory for God.
Isaiah 48:11 states that God will not share his glory with another. So if we are accusing our brothers and sisters and bringing glory to ourselves, then we do not have room to glorify god and thereby bar God out of our lives.
The second way that we bar our door is by jealousy and offence. These two are in one category because one plays upon the other. They are really interchangeable in the most part. There are two examples that I will use here.
Luk 15:25Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
Luk 15:26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
Luk 15:27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
Luk 15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
Luk 15:29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
Luk 15:30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
We see here the “Where is mine God” attitude. This takes on the ideology that God is our ATM and that as long as we are there on Sunday and maybe Wednesday, then he is obligated to give us every little whim that we want. If we do not get it we pout like children and throw a fit. Notice here, the father offers him to come inside but it is the son that refuses to come in. He chooses to stay outside. The same is true of us. If our jealousy is towards someone else or if we want to be the whole body in the church and it causes us to stray it is us and not God that has bared the door.
For offence one has only to look at the seduces and the Pharisees. These were supposedly religious men. They taught all the scriptures.. Yet they plotted for Jesus’s death. Why? Apart from the master plan of God, these two groups needed to be in power. They feared a Roman takeover would take their power. Now, they had a man “ in their eyes” that they had taught telling them how to obtain salvation and eternal life. Furthermore, they were being told that they had interpreted the scripture wrong. They were offended!
We live in a world of self-gratification, give it to me now, and you are your own god. Sometimes we fall into this mind set. We are human and therefore we are subject to the same things that everyone else is. However, what we as Christians must have is the ability to forgive and move on as well as to admit when others have more ability, knowledge , and skill then we do. The bible tells us in
Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: by not doing so we bar the door and exclude ourselves from the throne room of God. You cannot please God if you in offence of someone else. You are like the rotten carcass that was mentioned this morning…a stench.
The last category is one that I believe is the most dangerous. This is the lazy worker or the worldly Christian. This personally is one category that I have had trouble with and I believe everyone has had trouble with. The characteristics of the lazy worker are those that don’t produce any fruit. They are consumed by the world and the worries of the world. The danger in this is that the lazy worker or the worldly Christian believes either that they are in the right standing with God or that they are so far out of God’s graces that they can not get back to him.
For the lazy Christian that is blinded into thinking that they are in right standing the danger comes from not seeing the idols that they have set up. An idol is anything that takes the place of God. It is anything that becomes more important to God. I have done it before. Many people have: it is work, worry, television, finances (good or bad), and a slew of other things. Where your treasure is there your heart will be also. What a man thinks in his heart he is.
On the other hand the danger of thinking that you are too far from God is that you do not see that it is you that barred the door and that all you have to do is remove the bar and enter into his presence. Jesus said his burden is light. However, when we get to a point that we believe that God is too distant to get back to we think that he wants us to take our burdens as well as his yoke upon our shoulders.
So where is the good news in this? How can we get that door open. The answer should be clear. Remove the barrier. God has not gone anywhere, he is still there. It is us that has put a block on outside of the door. We must remove that barrier whatever it may be so that we can fully be in the presence of God.
For the accuser: Know that your words are a seed of either good or evil. Everything that comes from the mouth is alive and we will have to give an account. I am not saying that we should let our brothers and sisters go on to their destruction.
Ez 33:6 tells us that But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. So we should go to them. However, we go to them. We do not need to assemble a group, and we do not need to take the sword that is coming and cut them down ourselves.
For the jealous and offended. Take note to the prodigal son. Look at the rich man that came to Jesus and left saddened. Look at the Pharisees and the Sadducees and how Jesus portrayed them. We are commanded to walk in love and forgiveness. If we are in unfogiveness and holding offence we are in darkness and the light is not in us.
And for the lazy Christian and worldly Christian..Wake up!!..the time is near. God is going to come back soon. We need to be ready and on alert. God tells us that Rev_3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. God does not place a heavy burden on us. We just have to lay our own yoke down and take up the lighter load.
Let us look at our hearts. What things do we hold dear? What things do we cherish? Is there a hindrance to our prayers? Have our blessings stopped? It is time that we walk up and take that bar off the door and enter into God’s presence.